EBM in action: Is laser treatment effective and safe for musculoskeletal pain?

Chris B Del Mar and Paul P Glasziou
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04367.x
Published online: 18 February 2002

In reply: Chow criticises us for not identifying all relevant trials. But is she willing to help others in the process of reviewing? We could not identify a systematic review of the area with her involvement, nor does she appear to have registered an appropriate protocol with the Cochrane Collaboration (instructions for which are available at <>). Systematic reviews are important to help clinicians make sense of a diversity of trials. If experts such as she, devoting years to the area, do not help us, who should?

  • Centre for General Practice, Medical School, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD.



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